9 Things to Have in Your Car This Winter
The Ultimate Car Survival Guide
Every car should have an emergency kit that includes first-aid supplies, jumper cables, gloves, a flashlight, duct tape, and some simple car-based tools. But there are some winter-specific items to carry once the temperature drops and the roads are covered in ice, snow, and slush.
Blankets and Hand Warmers
If your car won’t start, the ability to keep yourself warm is going to be extremely important. The best way to do this is by using a wool blanket, supplemented by hand warmers.
Food and Drink
Keep dried foods like beef jerky, peanuts, and granola bars in the car as they’re a good form of protein and carbohydrate-rich foods. Additionally, don’t forget to pack a few sugary energy drinks. The electrolytes and sugars significantly lower the concoction’s freezing point, ensuring you’ll still have liquid when you need it.
Carry a compact folding shovel in your truck in case you have to dig your car out of the snow.
An extra bottle of windshield de-icer could mean the difference between seeing the road and seeing yourself parked in a snow bank. Additionally, you can use the windshield de-icer to melt ice on the road as well as on any frozen car parts.
Emergency tire sealant can enable you to get to the next town in a pinch rather than being stuck beside the road with a flat tire.
Flares will help rescuers see you. If they’re searching and all they can see is white, a flare will make all the difference in your discovery. Additionally, flares puts out a lot of heat that prevents them from being obscured and buried by driving snow. Plus, in an extreme emergency they can be used to start a warming or signaling fire. Flares are usually sold in packs; make sure you have at least three sticks.
A wind-up radio lets you keep tab with the weather regardless of whether or not you have electricity in your car. A simple winding will do the trick and let you know when conditions have improved and what the state of roads are.
Bag of Sand or Kitty Litter
For rear-wheel drive vehicles, you might want to keep a small bag of sand or kitty litter in your trunk to create traction under the tires if you get stuck. The bulk of a vehicle’s weight is the engine, in the front of the car. If the car is driven by its rear wheels instead of its front wheels, the heavy front end and light back end makes the car prone to slide around an ice- or snow-covered road.
Spare Phone Charger
In today’s interconnected world, the cellphone is your primary means of rescue. But in order to reach help your phone must be charged. A charging cord is a good idea, but a hand-crank charger that works away from the car or when the car battery is dead is an even better one.
Please Note: It is highly recommended that you check your car’s inventory on a regular basis to ensure you have everything available in case of an emergency. Additionally, you should check your emergency kit on a yearly basis to ensure everything like the jumper cables, flares, and flashlights are fully functional.
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